Cascina Tavijn Vino Rosso 2021
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Press 4 Mix / Press 4 Red • March 2023 Direct Press Selection
Nose: Deep Fruit, Cacao Powdery, Dried Flowers
Palate: High acid, dry, bitter, herbal, juicy
Cascina Tavijn has been overseen by Nadia Verrua for nearly two decades after taking over from her father, Ottavio. Their roughly seven hectare farm is located in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. At the age of 23 she returned to the family farm after an instinctual voice pulled her back to the countryside. After a lot of hard work and prodding, Nadia was able to convince her mother, Teresa, to persuade her father to include her in the farming of the grapes, bucking the traditions of Piemontese families who only had daughters. To our fortune Nadia has been able to continue growing as a winemaker and consistently produces some of the most exciting natural wines to make their way to the states. She chooses to work with grapes which are endemic to their specific area of Monferrato d’Asti. Focusing on Ruche, Grignolino, and Barbera as her main varietals. Her ‘Vino Rosso’ is comprised of organic Barbera and Freisa from the hillside vineyards of Asti. The 2021 ‘Vino Rosso’ is a prime example of Nadia’s commitment to experimentation, care, and quality that we and her devoted enthusiasts have come to expect from her wines.
The grapes are hand-harvested, followed by destemming and a gentle press to start fermentation. A longer, cold fermentation takes place over two months with no temperature control. Aged in tank and Slavonian oak for about a year before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered with a touch of sulfur at bottling. Only a few bottles of unsulfured wines make it to her husband's restaurant Consorzio (a don't-miss destination) in Turin.
On the nose I detected dark black cherry, spruce and thyme, cacao powder and dried flowers. On the palate I tasted darker purple and blue fruits such as stewed plums and black cherry, lots of food friendly acidity, light tannins lending a bit of earthy grip and a hint of bitter herbal notes on the finish. This is a gorgeous table wine perfect for red sauce dishes and roasted root vegetables. Nadia lovingly refers to her wines as ‘supernatural’ and I’d tend to agree. Nadia’s following is devoted, so we were lucky to snag the lion’s share of this recent arrival for our Direct Press members.